Dane Jensen, CEO of Performance Coaching, led participants through a seminar on why employees may not be motivated to make healthy behaviour changes through workforce wellness initiatives. Here’s a breakdown of the topics he covered and how to identify the right motivators to help influence the health and wellness of each individual employee at your company.
When it comes to making healthy behaviour changes, there are four stages of awareness:
How can you help your employees move through these stages to achieve unconscious competence?
There are two assumptions that most organizations make when it comes to why people aren’t making changes to healthy behaviours.
The first is a lack of data, and the second is a lack of expertise.
There are, however, ways to ensure that your employees are getting all of the information on their health to head down a path towards positive change:
Some employees need more than just information to guide them. This is where you may need to determine what barriers are in their way.
Help your employees identify the different factors that could be affecting their health—these are different for each individual person. Whether it’s work, family, or sleep—by identifying the influencing factors , they’re not only taking into account their own behaviour, but also all other blocks that could be imposing change.
One great tool to diagnose a person’s blocks is called The Attentional Interpersonal Style Inventory (TAIS). The test can help determine what a person’s block is likely to be, and what to focus on when putting a plan together.
After determining the blocks, a person should ask themselves who needs to be involved to accomplish their goal before moving into action.
The people involved can vary depending on the different blocks. If weight management is their goal for example, they won’t need the same people around them as when their goal is to have a better work-life balance. See other examples in the diagrams below:
It’s a good idea for a person to work with a coach in order to keep from backsliding, or to help address how to gather an integrated support team.
What makes a good coach?
Act as a key partner in the diagnosis phase
A coach brings data to the table, but also offers support in external discussions that a person might need to have—like how to talk to their manager or spouse about their goals.
Build self-responsibility and self-awareness
People generally won’t act on things without a bit of self-discovery. Good coaches are able to trigger introspectiveness in a way to promote behaviour change.
A great coach analyzes the self-assumptions someone is making.
Provide support and resources
Coaches will find the necessary resources and help build the right network of people to stimulate real change.
Focus on next step, next step, next step
A coach should be incredibly action oriented, ensuring focus each and every week.
Above all, in order to run a successful workforce wellness program, always make sure that each employee is being heard, and that they have the proper support group around them to achieve success.
Watch the full online seminar and learn more about coaching your employees to create healthy behaviour changes below. You can also read more about coaching by downloading our perspective paper: The real driver of employee health.